On track for a stronger freight future
The Australian Government is investing up to $14.5 billion to develop and build Inland Rail, which has been declared a priority infrastructure project for Australia.
The balance of funds will be provided through a Public Private Partnership.
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) was appointed by the Australian Government to deliver Inland Rail under the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications portfolio.
ARTC and the Department have been working closely with State Governments, principally through their transport agencies, to progress the project.
The Australian Government has entered into bilateral agreements with the New South Wales, Victorian and Queensland Governments, confirming a commitment to progressing Inland Rail.
Public Private Partnership
In 2017, the Australian Government confirmed the Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail in Queensland will be designed, built, managed and paid for by a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
A PPP is when both the public sector (i.e. government) and the private sector (i.e. businesses) work together to deliver large-scale or technically complex infrastructure projects.
The 128km Gowrie to Kagaru section is the most technically complex of our 13 projects. It requires the construction of a 6.2km tunnel through the Toowoomba Range, numerous viaducts, bridges and crossing loops to build a new dual gauge track traversing Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim.
The Gowrie to Kagaru section is divided into three separate projects:
This delivery arrangement will provide effective risk allocation and harness innovative engineering and construction solutions through the private sector.
Under a PPP delivery arrangement, the private sector will design, build, finance and maintain this section and allow Inland Rail to benefit from private sector innovation to deliver these complex project elements.
Procurement process underway
In November 2020, we announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify a private sector consortium partner to deliver the PPP. This procurement process runs in parallel with the reference design and environmental assessment process.
The RFP phase will see three shortlisted consortia prepare their bids:
- Capstone: CPB, Ghella, UGL, DIF, Pacific Partnerships
- G2Konnect: Acciona, Ferrovial, Cintra, Macquarie
- Regionerate Rail: GS Engineering & Construction, Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo), Clough Projects Australia, Lendlease Services Pty Ltd, Plenary Group
We expect to complete the PPP procurement process and be in a position to award the contract in 2022.
February 26, 2021
Narromine to Narrabri Environmental Impact Statement – Thanks for having your say
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narromine to Narrabri project is now closed for submissions following the Tuesday 8 December 2020 to Sunday 7 February 2021 public display period. We are now heading into the next phase of the project’s approval process.
February 15, 2021
Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton project update February 2021
We’re committed to working with property owners and stakeholders in communities along the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton project alignment as we progress our planning. The project team held seven community information sessions late last year to share the preliminary results of recent environmental investigations.